European XFEL
Spectroscopy and Coherent Scattering (SCS)

The Spectroscopy and Coherent Scattering (SCS) instrument will enable time-resolved experiments to unravel the electronic and structural properties of complex materials and nanostructures in their fundamental space-time dimensions.


Scientific objectives include, but are not limited to, the understanding and control of complex materials, the investigation of ultrafast magnetization processes on the nanoscale, the real-time observation of chemical reactions in liquids, and the exploration of nonlinear X-ray spectrocopy techniques that are cornerstones at optical wavelengths.

The two baseline SCS experiment stations are complemented with a chemistry station and a high-resolution spectrometer by the Heisenberg RIXS (hRIXS) user consortium. A combination of coherent X-ray scattering with spectroscopy methods will make it possible to investigate atomic as well as electronic details and dynamics on femtosecond time scales with spatial resolutions down to a few nanometers.

Early user science workshop took place in February 2018 where the day one instrumentation was presented and early science cases were discussed. The instrument talks and details on open community proposals can be found here.




SCS Team
  • Surface diffraction
  • Time-resolved studies
  • Coherent scattering
  • Inelastic scattering
  • Atomic & molecular physics
control/Data analysis
Control Software Type
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Data Output Type
  • n/a
Data Output Format
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